Chiang Mai Fest brings international acts
TAT Deputy Governor Pensuda Priaram bangs the
ceremonial gong to start the music festival.
By Shana Kongmun
The second annual Chiang Mai Fest was held at 3 Kings Monument from
March 8-10 and brought acts from around Asia, Europe and the United States
to perform in free concerts every evening. The grand opening ceremony saw
the Tourism Authority of Thailand Deputy Governor Pensuda Priaram join Mayor
Tussanai Buranupakorn, organizers Earth, Wind and Fire consultant Yut
Wanichanond, the Indonesian Embassy Counselor Sunbandrio, and Mildred
Morelos of the Philippine Association of Chiang Mai on stage after a moving
The festival swung into high gear with an amazing 14 year old Filipina girl
who started with Adele’s “Rolling in the deep”. A big song for a little
girl, as one onlooker noted, but she wowed the audience with her range and
voice. This was followed by one of her own compositions written with her
mother, the very proud lady standing nearby. Then came the Indonesian group
Balitbang Angklung who performed one of HM the King’s compositions on their
traditional drums and instruments.
Other highlights of the 3 day event were Bamako Express, Yurai from Japan,
Emily Elbert of the US, Rachelle Plas from France, Drums United from the
Netherlands, Latin musicians, Los Ladrones and Thai artist Art Thomya. Next
year they hope to bring in artists around South East Asia to Chiang Mai to
promote awareness of neighboring cultures and music.
Vendors offered food and goods from around the
world, with Japanese food, German, French, Chinese and Indian among the many
booths on offer.
The Balitbang Angklung group is a collection of
forty people from the Women’s Association of the Ministry of Public Works,
Republic of Indonesia. Each person holds 2 up to 4 instruments playing
together led by a conductor and making beautiful harmony.
Under The Spotlight - You-ree Rho
A singer of extraordinary talent
By Jai Pee
You-ree Rho is a lyric soprano holding a Master’s degree from the
University of Alberta, a Bachelor of Music Degree and Certificate in Music
Education, as well as a certificate from the Pescara Academy in Italy. She is an
exceptionally talented soprano with beautiful rich head tones and some of you
may remember her wonderful charity concerts from this time last year when she
thrilled audiences with her rendition of operatic arias at the Santi School of
Talented soprano You-ree Rho will
be performing at AUA on March 30th.
Her singing voice is dynamic and expressive. Ms. Rho
specially loves the opera repertoire, particularly the works of Puccini and
Verdi at which she excels vocally and dramatically. She also is also a talented
singer of Lieder and art songs. Ms. Rho has been performing in various concerts
and recitals, and appeared numerously in operas such as Aida, Carmen, Die
Zauberflöte, Le Nozze di Figaro, Magic Flute, The Tenderland, Orphèe aux Enfers,
Suor Angelica, Madama Butterfly, La Bohème, and Turandot. She has sung with the
Calgary Opera company, the Cowtown Opera Company and Opera Nuova in Canada. She
has been involved in a number of radio broadcasts, vocal workshops and other
voice training initiatives in Canada – in addition to winning many competitions
and receiving music scholarships. Ms. Rho currently teaches voice and music
theory in Calgary, and is a full member of NATS (National Association of
Teachers of Singing) and the Royal Conservatory of Music. You-ree has performed
concerts in Bangkok, Phuket this last January as well as in Chiang Mai with the
Bangkok Grand Opera Company.
What a distinguished CV and to think she has come to live here part of the year!
And even better there will be an opportunity to hear You-ree perform where she
is the principal star of the Seventh Charity Concert organized by the Santi
School of Music on March 30th at the AUA auditorium, Rachadamnoen Road in the
centre of the old town. She will be accompanied by Santi Saengthong on the piano
and there will be a guest appearance by 12-year-old violinist, Shawn Law - Yone
Gilad. Making a very special guest appearance at this concert will be Chiang
Mai’s own counter-tenor and baritone (he can sing both parts!), Ong-Ard
Kanchaisak. The music will include works by Mozart, Puccini, Gounod, Barber,
Massenet and others.
Guests are invited to arrive early in order to secure a place and to enjoy
pre-concert refreshments from 6.30pm onwards. The recital will begin at 7.30pm
and for those interested, an opportunity to meet and greet the performers will
be provided after the concert. Tickets are priced at 200 baht for adults and 100
baht for students and can be obtained on the night or in advance from the Santi
School of Music, Sirimangklanjan Road, Soi 5 or by phone from the school on 053